POSTED: June 28th 2016

Olympics: American Mayors throw support behind the LA 2024 bid

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) convened in Indianapolis June 24-27 © USCM
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) convened in Indianapolis June 24-27 © USCM

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) has lent its support to the Los Angeles 2024 campaign to host the summer Olympics. A resolution was by the USCM's Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Standing Committee led by New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu.

The USCM represents major cities across America that have a population of over 30,000 citizens making up 1,407 metro areas.

Oklahoma City Mayor and USCM President, Mick Cornett, announced, "The Mayors of the United States are proud to endorse Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we stand united in our desire to welcome the summer Games back to America for the first time in 28 years.

"The USCM believes that hosting the Games will benefit not just Angelenos, but people all over the country, and we will offer any support we can to ensure that tremendous potential is fully realized."

The resolution underlines LA 2024's plan to host "innovative, fiscally responsible and sustainable Games; the enormous public support locally and nationally; and the positive social, economic and sporting impacts of the city's previous Games in 1932 and 1984."

The city was also recognized as being a national and international leader in environmental sustainability and green technologies: LA generates more solar power than any other American city and has more LEED-certified square feet than any other international city.

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, said at the USCM 84th Annual Conference of Mayors in Indianopolis, "I am deeply grateful for this resounding show of support from my fellow mayors from all over the United States.

"Los Angeles is truly honored to be America's Candidate City for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we are determined to live up to the faith the country has shown.

"The level of support for LA 2024 - from the public and from every level of government - is truly extraordinary. It demonstrates the growing sense in America that hosting the world's most important sports event is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change our communities and our country for the better."

Bid Chair Casey Wasserman added, "LA 2024 has always made it a priority to harness all popular support in the United States for the Olympic Games - whether from the civic pride from previous Games that still resonates today, powerful social legacies like the LA84 Foundation, or excitement about Team USA travelling to Rio 2016 this summer.

"The Olympics enjoy widespread support in our country, with nine out of ten people across America backing the Games returning to America and now the US Conference of Mayors representing all major US cities endorsing our bid.

"This unprecedented level of support inspires us and gives LA 2024 an opportunity to pursue the kind of ambitious goals that can have profound, lasting impacts on communities in LA, across the United States and beyond."

Los Angeles is bidding against Budapest, Rome and Paris to host the summer Games and the IOC will choose their final city in September 2017 in Lima, Peru.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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